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ryszard

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Could anybody explain to me, please, why additional icons appear on my desktop after opening a Word document? The first one, with ~$.doc shows up after clicking the main document to open it and after that, every time when I add something to the document and click SAVE, new icon shows up on my desktop. When I open the ~$.doc, it opens with the exact text I wrote but after a few seconds changes its format. This time instead of my text I have my name in it although I didn't include my name in the text I had written, and mostly boxes. The next icons have different appearance, they are, seems to me, the TEMP files, but the problem I am having is that after a while I have TWENTY of them. They show up every-time I click SAVE.
When I close the document, all of the icons disappear. Until next opening.
I have removed the WORD from my computer and reinstalled it but it didn't help.
Thank you for your time.
:confused: :mad:
 
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The files you are seeing are the temp files. It sounds like you are saving your files to your desktop, that is why these files are appearing there. It's just part of Word.

When you open the file... the ~$.doc file appears because you have the document open. It has to be there so your auto backup works (which is built into Word because many fail to save their work throughout the document. so if your PC crashes, Word will ask if you want to restore the auto timed backup).

This isn't a bug or a defect... it's just how it works. If you don't want them to appear on your desktop, then you need to save your files elsewhere on your PC. But there is no way to get rid of them, because as you said.. they magically disappear when you close the document (so there is no problem....)
 
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In Word, go Tools-Options-File Locations

Change the directory that Word uses in here.
 

ryszard

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Thank you lora3677 and kiwiguy.
My problem is that I didn't have these icons pop up before. After saving something I had written, the little help guy was closing himself in the box and that was all. Now wherever I save my document, whether it will be Desktop, My Documents or some other place these icons show up like mushrooms after the rain in that particular folder.
Maybe I will describe this icons for you better. The first one has W that stands for Word, at the left top of the icon and this strange symbol ~$. The next ones have W in the middle of the icon and have symbols: ~WRL0005, ~WRL3527 and so on.
I hope I am not obsessed with this problem.
Thank you again for your help.
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ryszard:
these files have always been there. they have to be in order for Word to function. They will disappear once you close the file. If they don't disappear after you close the file, then you might have a problem. but if they are only there while the file is open.. that is normal. no problem

the only other thing you can do if you just don't want to see them is this:
go to My Computer > Tools > Folder Options> View > and select "Do Not Show Hidden Files and Folders"

This won't get rid of the temporary files that are generated for use by Word... but you won't see them anymore.

And honestly... you are not obsessed with a problem... because it isn't a problem..... it is just how Word works. It has to have these temporary files in order to function properly.
 

ryszard

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THANK YOU lora3677!!!!!
Problem solved!
You are the only one that really helped me. In the meantime I called Gateway Techs and they didn't know what I was talking about even when I was chatting with them through the Remote Access.
Well, I am not obsessed but these icons annoyed me.
Thank you again and I'll be back with some other problems.
:D :D :D
 
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just remember that the files are still there... they just aren't seen anymore... because you hid them. ha ha.

no problem. glad i could help.
 

ryszard

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I don't mind them being there but I didn't want to see them. It's like with uninvited guests, you know that they exist but you don't want to see them at your house.
;)
 
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